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Are Porcelain Veneers Right For You?

Cosmetic Dentistry’s main emphasis is on improving the appearance of a person. The focus would be mainly on the colour, shape size etc. of the teeth and less on the functionality of the teeth. Boosting the self-esteem of a person can be said to be one of the rewards of this branch of this dentistry. It is not always the ‘appearance’ of the person that is enhanced but also oral health. Some dental concerns such as chipped teeth, misaligned teeth, overbite etc. can disturb oral health of a person severely.

There are many procedures which are performed by dentists – such as bleaching, crowns, bridges, veneers etc. depending on the need and requirement of the dental concern. Dentists use specialised tools and techniques to correct many dental problems.

What are Veneers? Why do you need them?

Veneers are thin coverings that are placed over the teeth. These wafer thin coverings enhance the appearance of teeth drastically.

Veneers help ‘cover up’ numerous dental abnormalities. They help in cases when teeth are discoloured and simple bleaching cannot brighten them anymore. Sometimes teeth get worn out and lose their inherent shape or they are chipped due to some minor injury or accident. Some would have teeth that are not of the desired shape and some would have small gaps between their teeth – all these issues can be corrected using dental veneers.

Understanding which dental procedure is suited can be understood after consulting with dentists. During dental consultation, a detailed dental check-up. This check-up will help to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the oral health of a person. Understanding how the procedure will look, what are the procedures one would be going through to place veneers and what are the advantages of placing veneers – all these can be answered after discussion with the dentist.

Understanding Veneers

Dental veneers are of different types. They are chosen based on the preference of the client and also the oral health of the person. The common quality that all the veneers provide helps make teeth look natural and healthy. Porcelain and Composite resin Veneers are common types of dental veneers.

In order to place the veneer, a simple procedure is performed at the dentist clinic. The outer surface of the teeth called the enamel is removed a bit to prepare the teeth to accept the veneer. How much of enamel is removed will be based on the veneer that is placed. This will help to make sure that the veneer can fit in smoothly. Otherwise if the veneer is placed then it will jut out and not help in giving a good natural look.

Veneers are thin coverings that are placed over the teeth. These wafer thin coverings enhance the appearance of teeth drastically.

Veneers help ‘cover up’ numerous dental abnormalities. They help in cases when teeth are discoloured and simple bleaching cannot brighten them anymore. Sometimes teeth get worn out and lose their inherent shape or they are chipped due to some minor injury or accident. Some would have teeth that are not of the desired shape and some would have small gaps between their teeth – all these issues can be corrected using dental veneers.

Understanding which dental procedure is suited can be understood after consulting with dentists. During dental consultation, a detailed dental check-up. This check-up will help to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the oral health of a person. Understanding how the procedure will look, what are the procedures one would be going through to place veneers and what are the advantages of placing veneers – all these can be answered after discussion with the dentist.

Understanding Veneers

Dental veneers are of different types. They are chosen based on the preference of the client and also the oral health of the person. The common quality that all the veneers provide helps make teeth look natural and healthy. Porcelain and Composite resin Veneers are common types of dental veneers.

In order to place the veneer, a simple procedure is performed at the dentist clinic. The outer surface of the teeth called the enamel is removed a bit to prepare the teeth to accept the veneer. How much of enamel is removed will be based on the veneer that is placed. This will help to make sure that the veneer can fit in smoothly. Otherwise if the veneer is placed then it will jut out and not help in giving a good natural look.

Choosing Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are more favoured when dental veneers are considered as a treatment option. The wafer thin like nature of these veneers is one of the reasons they are chosen as they fit well with the teeth. Before choosing veneers one needs to know the benefits of choosing them.

Durable and Tough

Porcelain veneers provide good support and strength to the teeth that require protection. Though they are wafer thin, they help in providing good support to the teeth. If teeth are chipped and they have lost their natural smooth appearance, veneers will provide the required strength along with improving appearance.

Natural

When any person opts for a dental procedure, they prefer the procedure to be invisible to others. They wish for the procedure or treatment not be known to others- porcelain veneers help in providing just that. They provide a natural looking surface and almost mimic the natural teeth and are preferable. Giving this natural look is why many favour this procedure.

Easy procedure

There are different procedures that help in restoring the appearance of the teeth. Compared with other procedures like placing crowns for example the porcelain veneers do not require much preparation of the teeth. Less dental enamel need be removed when veneers are placed.

Resistant to stain

Porcelain veneers do not stain easily. This helps to maintain bright and shiny teeth for a longer time when compared with other procedures. Besides providing shiny teeth, they do not affect the functionality of the teeth.

Restoring imperfections

Gaps between teeth are reduced or removed using veneers. The natural structure of the teeth is kept and strengthened by this procedure. All this is possible with minimal maintenance. Porcelain veneers are more tolerated by gum tissues when compared with other types of procedures.

Cosmetic dentistry helps to give back the confidence and self-esteem lost by a person through different restorative procedures. But practicing good oral hygiene habits of brushing and flossing is a must. Even after placing veneers this should be followed. They should be cared for like natural teeth as otherwise they would need to be replaced. Using mouthwash to clean and rinse mouth is important.

Some food can stain teeth, this is also true for porcelain veneers. Coffee, wine, berries etc. are some of the food that can stain your teeth and veneers. Reducing the amount of their consumption and cleaning mouth and teeth after each meal is important to maintain a bright sparkling smile.

Playing sports and tooth grinding can also harm teeth and veneers. Placing protectors or guards at night after consultation with a dentist will help to provide the needed safety from teeth grinding. If one is engaged in contact sports, injuries are common. Wearing mouth guards specially designed for sports will provide protection from these injuries.

It is important to realise the importance of dental consultations. Following dutiful mouth cleaning procedures are good but consultations help to understand the best way to maintain good oral hygiene. Dentists can help provide guidance on the changes in lifestyle that will help to improve oral health. While going for any procedures it is important that all the pros and cons are discussed with the dentist including aftercare that needs to be followed after the procedure.

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